I am usually pretty fond of internet lists, especially the ones that try and delineate the distinctions between two supposedly binary concepts. The level of writing and reasoning involved is often fairly low, which makes reading such things a rather delightful experience, for perhaps nothing is more amusing than watching the oblivious trying to be profound.
Such an effort was recently expended in the crafting of this particularly egregious offender: The 10 Differences Between Interesting People And Boring People. Fortunately, the writer is impervious to irony, since the entirety of the article implicates himself with those he despises. Let the fisking begin! (Original in quotes)
Don’t you hate boring people?
Not as much as I hate boring people who write boring things, like this article.
The one thing I fear most when going out to socialize or network is running into someone who is boring.
Really? That is the thing you fear most? Being shot or beaten up or robbed or killed rank lower on the list of fears than encountering a boring person? Yeah, I’ve just had both hands cut off, but at least it wasn’t boring!
Not because I personally won’t be entertained by what they have to say — although that may very well be the case — but because the conversation that ensues is excruciating.
So, excruciatingly entertaining? All the boring people must be so boring that they can transcend their boring-ness and bring you amusement. Given that the conversations which bring about this state are described as ‘excruciating,’ you would think the author would be grateful for such a transformation. Or he could just be predictably (read: boringly) misusing hyperbole. I bet you can guess which one my money’s on…
I feel like a dentist pulling teeth, searching for something interesting about them or their lives. Nevertheless, I have had no choice but to arrive at one conclusion: boring people are boring — plain and simple; no matter how many teeth you pull, they will still sound boring, but with a lisp.
Wait, I thought they had entertaining things to say? Now the goal-posts have been moved so that these people who formerly had entertaining things to say are now boring when we finally come to the point, or at least when we get around to using a cliched (read: boring) analogy that gets stretched too far.
Being boring, in actuality, is not only about who you are as a person, but also how you present yourself. For those of you in need of some sprucing up, I have compiled a list of the 10 differences between boring people and interesting people. Use them to your advantage, young grasshoppers.
Hey guys, I have a great idea! I’m going to talk about how being boring is partially in how you present yourself, and to drive home the point I’m going to use an over-worn phrase from an over-referenced movie that everyone else uses to dispense folk wisdom! You know, because I’m interesting!
1. Interesting people like to have conversations; boring people like to avoid them.
Human beings primarily communicate through words — this is how our species interacts. If you are the person that goes to a party and picks a quiet corner to sit in, then shame on you. You are missing out on a ton of networking opportunities. You may not like anyone at the party because they are all scumbags, but you never know when having a scumbag around could come in handy.
Apparently the author is so myopic that he thinks that communication can only occur at parties. But seeing how poorly thought out this article is, I can see why written communication or reading might not be the first thing to come to mind. Instead, he opts for the most banal and conventional of social interactions (parties? really?) and then has the obliviousness to opine that confidently going to these and making conversation is what marks the interesting people from the boring people. Oh, and those scumbags are interesting because, well, interesting!
He could be a potential client or investor for the future — or be able to connect you with someone that will be. Or maybe he has a hot sister you can bang. Boring people usually aren’t boring at their core; they are simply introverted. Don’t be shy; talking to someone new won’t kill you.
I’m hoping that the sheer banality of the opportunities the author lists aren’t indicative of what he actually thinks makes someone interesting. But then again, it is clear that in his perspective meeting new people is only a means to an end; they are things to be used. Hence, new people and conversations are for: networking opportunities, banging others’ sisters, finding investors, leads to other people who can further your interests.
Funny that earlier he should mention scumbags…
Could it possibly be that people who don’t like to engage in these sorts of interactions and conversations might opt out precisely because these are the types of people who frequent these types of interactions and conversations? Sitting in the corner may be the most interesting thing to do, since everyone else is boringly do the same thing as everyone else.
2. Boring people are those that enjoy too much comfort.
We all have a comfort zone, but we don’t all decide to stay within its bounds. In my opinion, a comfort zone is good for one thing and one thing only: knowing what needs to be done to leave it in order to start living. You already know what makes for a complacent, lethargic, comfortable life. Now do the exact opposite of that and you won’t be so boring — or so bored.
Hey guys, I have another great idea! I’m going to talk about an extremely fuzzy concept that has no meaningful parameters and use buzz words like everyone else does to make a point about how to be interesting! It’s brilliant!
It’s also quite funny how the author thinks that ‘comfortable’ is synonymous with ‘complacent,’ or that either has anything to do with ‘lethargy.’
3. Interesting people have several hobbies; boring people have a hobby.
Being interesting involves more than having something that you enjoy doing and enjoy talking about. If you have one hobby — especially if it is one that most people don’t share — then people will find you boring. It’s great if you have that one thing that you are passionate about, but if you are worried about being too boring, try to diversify and find yourself two more hobbies that spark your interest.
So as to captivate the interest of people who would not be knowledgable enough to keep up with your conversations about what you really enjoy or are proficient at, you should make sure your hobbies are as common-place as everyone else’s (you know, the interesting people!) so you can talk to them about it. Because, interesting!
4. Interesting people are well-informed.
Being perceived as interesting revolves around holding conversations. The more that you have to talk about, the better. This of course does not mean that you ought to be starting a conversation with someone and running through a handful of topics one after another, but the more knowledgeable you are of different things, the better the chances are that you and your conversation partner will have something to talk about. Be up-to-date on the news and on the most popular pop culture.
It’s not often I stoop to internet speak, but LOL!
Yes, no doubt the best way to be interesting and perceived as interesting is to be a font of pop-culture knowledge, so that you can talk about the same banal drivel as people whom you should apparently wish to think you interesting.
5. Boring people stay put; interesting people like to explore.
It’s one thing to be perceived as being boring and it’s another to actually be boring. This goes back to leaving your comfort zone. If you want to be interesting, then you need to be interested in doing things. You need to explore the world, both around you and the world that requires a 16-hour flight. Go out and explore.
Unless, of course, it is exploring something other than what interesting people explore. And doing things is of course only what the author’s limited mind seems to think constitutes ‘doing’ things, which in this case apparently means ‘travel.’ Intellectual exploration is right out, because apparently only well-traveled people are interesting.
6. Interesting people have a hunger for life; boring people are content with frozen dinner.
Variety, variety, variety — life has such a smorgasbord to offer us, that sticking to that which you know is, well, boring. Stop eating the same food, stop hanging out with the same people at the same places. Doing the same boring things guarantee a boring life because it avoids change.
Evidently the author thinks that consistency is equivalent to being ‘boring.’ And due to the consistency with which he misuses words, I might be inclined to agree.
Notwithstanding that, real mastery of anything (as an obvious example) requires sticking with the same thing for a long time. You know, that boring discipline. Because your cousin who studied music for two semesters at community college and then went on to dental hygiene totally writes more interesting music than Beethoven who did that for his entire (and evidently boring) life…
7. Change makes for an exciting life.
If you want an interesting, exciting life, then embrace change. It is the fear of change that causes stagnancy and that causes people with much potential to be labeled as boring people. If you do not learn to enjoy change then you will not only lack success, you will lack joy in your life.
Change happens whether one wants it or not, and change for the sake of change is not always a good thing. (If the author doesn’t agree, he can feel free to send me a massive check as an exercise in change!)
8. Interesting people are driven people. Boring people are push-overs.
Figure out what it is that you want and then plan a way to get it. Letting others decide your destiny, being complacent and accepting whatever leftovers others throw you is pathetic and boring. Do not let people push you around; stand your ground!
So, because I needed another point I simply reiterated #7 to make it seem like I could make it to 10.
9. Interesting people are dreamers. Boring people are posers.
If you don’t dream, then you can’t possibly make your dreams a reality. Our minds can be our most interesting playground as long as we spend enough time focusing on that which presents itself among the swing sets and sandboxes. Picture what you want and what you want to do in your future. Imagine your life the way you wish you could live it and focus on it every waking moment of your life. Then work on making your dreams your reality.
Wait, so before doing the same boring thing day in and day out was a sure-fire way to be boring; now focusing every waking moment on it is the way to be an interesting dreamer?
10. Leading an interesting life is easy if you want it.
More importantly than anything else is truly and completely wanting to live an interesting and exciting life.
You know, in exactly the ways I have told you to be interesting.
You must want to do things you are not comfortable doing.
Crap, this was actually point #5, but if I work it into the final point it will seem like a conclusion and someone might mistake it for being interesting!
You must want to experience new experiences and you must want to get a fuller, more in-depth understanding of the way other people see the world.
Almost done- just have to re-work #5 again and I’m home-free!
You must want to have an open mind. The world is an exciting place, so get excited!
Get excited to be interesting by:
Going to parties
Using worn-out phrases
Beating buzz-phrases to death
Getting another hobby so you can be mediocre at more things
Adjusting your life around the expectations of those who might think you’re boring if you’re not like them
Changing for the sake of change
Dreaming and nullifying everything that has previously been written about being boring
Well, what are you waiting for? Go be interesting!